Although this page serves our UK and European network of students, we are getting hits and students arriving from all over the world and it makes perfect sense to offer our associate friends, teachning this craft, an opportunity to link via the Signsmiths blog.

Noel Weber

This page outlines a bit about the man who mentors so many – myself included.  A true master of not only his craft but of how to lead by gentle example.

In an age where too many sign companies, and artists simply miss the opportunity of growing from the heart, Noel shows many, the virtue and essential nature of brotherhood.

But above all else Noel is a rare, inspirational talent on the brush too. His work displays all the complexities of the technically complete master and yet exudes subtle and tender colour intonations. Powerful yet fresh and delicate.

His design structures interlace and set alight the senses.


Noel has workshops tentatively planned for 2017 in Boise, Texas, and Astoria, Oregon. Workshops in Boise take place at Classic Design Studio.


Noel B. Weber has devoted his career to hand lettering and the craft of sign-making.

He was classically trained in Chicago at the Institute of Lettering & Design. While living in Denver in the 1970s he helped start an influential sign artist group called the Letterheads. Later, he moved to Idaho and founded Classic Design Studios – an award winning sign-shop in the heart of downtown Boise.

Noel continues to design for clients and share his expertise via creative workshops. Classic Design Studios continues to operate under the direction of his son. The Letterheads have grown into an international organization with more than 40,000 members. Their 40th reunion is scheduled for September 2015 at Cincinnati’s American Sign Museum.

The following is an excerpt of a piece on Noel originally published in “The Evening Class“, by Michael Guiellen:

Mentorship is the grace note of Noel Weber’s artistic narrative. After having learned from others for so many years, he now finds himself in the position of being a mentor to those rising up through the ranks. It has been one of the most satisfying elements of his career to learn, develop, and now share the processes and techniques of his craft with other artisans. His studios have turned out an amazing crop of talented designers and craftsmen, of which he couldn’t be more proud.



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